Backup "Everything" with XP Backup/Restore???
Posted on 2009-04-08
I'm having a problem with XP backup/restore. I've spent several hours perusing the EE Knowledge Base on the subject (though I didn't get through the, literally, thousands of hits from Search), but remain confused. Some KB entries state baldly that I cannot do what I wanted to do using XP Backup/Restore; others imply that it is indeed possible.
Prior to completely reconfiguring my RAID, I backed up the system using XP Backup/Restore, choosing to backup "everything on this computer" and the system state from the Backup menu. I also also created an ASR diskette. Of course my reconfiguration of the RAID has destroyed the original disk data.
I created a new XP installation on the reconfigured RAID using the original XP installation disk and the ASR diskette. But I did not get back "everything" from the original installation: I am missing (at least) the Windows updates, the additional drivers I have added, the User table or the Programs.
The contents of my original C:\Documents and Settings\[my user name] seem to have been restored, but it is not associated with any User on the new system. I have registered myself as a User on the new system with the same name as on the old (avhfj) but the registration process has added the computer name, making me "avhfj.studio-2", and XP will not allow me to change that name.
I have also tried to restore my backup using the same technique that I always used on NT, namely by creating a parallel operating system on another volume and using that system's Backup/Restore to restore my system to the first volume. That method does not use the XP installation disk or the ASR diskette. But that didn't work either.
So these are my questions:
(1) Did XP backup fail to backup the files now missing? (If so, what is it that Bill Gates doesn't understand about the word "Everything"?)
(2) If not, how can I now recover those files from the backup?
(3) I'm pretty certain that my Outlook Express data base has been restored under my old user name (avhfj), but how do I associate that directory system with my new user name (avhfj.studio-2)?
And: Yes - I have bought Norton Ghost to use next time.
Cheers, . . . Alwyn FJ